WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Rep. Thompson, Sen. Toomey on Sequester Threat
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson (R - PA 5th District) calls a seven page White House report on the effects sequestration would have on Pennsylvania "Scare Tactics 101."
In it, the Obama Administration claims Republicans are, "forcing our children, seniors, troops, military families, and the entire middle class to bear the burden of deficit reduction."
"Sequestration is about finding $85-billion in wasteful spending, overspending, and misdirected spending out of a $3-trillion budget…If we can't find $85-billion in wasteful spending, then we might as well turn off the lights and walk away," Thompson said to WENY TV Washington Correspondent, Ted Fioraliso.
Right now, the country's poised to hit sequestration on Friday, as the Republican-led House has not made any recent moves to avoid it. The GOP's stance is they already passed two bills out the House last year to help cut the deficit.
"We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their asses and does something," said Speaker Boehner.
And now it looks like the Senate is doing something.
"I think it's really important that we have the savings, but it's true we can do it in a more sensible fashion," explained Sen. Pat Toomey, (R - PA).
Senator Toomey has introduced a bill would give President Obama the power to make the 85-billion in cuts.
"He can go to his agency-heads and say, 'Your budgets have been growing recently. This year, it's going to be a little less, I want you to find for me the least important spending,'" Toomey said.
He's hopeful he'll have broad support for his bill. But whether or not it can get through the full Senate and House by Friday remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Congressman Thompson had this message for his constituents about the impending sequestration deadline:
"It's not the end of the world…I would hope the directors of agencies that have responsibilities to implement those cuts will be smart about it," said Thompson.